When will the 80 to 110% electricity tariff increase be brought down – Sajith asks Pavithra (Watch Report)

When will the 80 to 110% electricity tariff increase be brought down – Sajith asks Pavithra (Watch Report)

Written by Staff Writer

28 Oct, 2014 | 8:27 pm

UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa, raised questions in Parliament on Tuesday regarding the electricity tariffs.

[quote]Honourable Deputy Speaker, I am asking the question cordially, please tell the people controlling the microphone to leave it on. It turns on quickly on the other side and is muted quickly on this side.[/quote]

To which Deputy Speaker, Chandima Weerakkody replied:

[quote]Well your microphone is on now so ask your second sub-question.[/quote]

Sajith Premadasa:

[quote]The mic only turns on after I shout for a while. I do not know why it is. Has a special order been given to quickly mute the microphones of opposition members?[/quote]

Deputy Speaker, Chandima Weerakkody:

[quote]I do not know if the Opposition Leader ordered it, but we have not done so.[/quote]

Sajith Premadasa:

[quote]The Opposition Leader is unable to give orders about the microphones, You as the chair have more power.[/quote]

Thereafter, UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa went straight to his question..

[quote]The electricity tariffs of the consumers were increased by 80 to 110 percent before being brought down by 25 percent. As promised, when will you take steps to reduce this in total and not just by 25 percent?[/quote]

To which the Minister of Power and Energy, Pavithra Wanniarachchi replied:

[quote]It was not increased by 80 percent as you say. The President took steps through the budget to provide electricity tariff concessions, and not only for domestic consumers.[/quote]

Sajith Premadasa:

[quote]I am not done. I won’t let you off that easy.[/quote]

Pavithra Wanniarachchi:

[quote]Because of the kindness shown to him, I will answer the questions. But this question is irrelevant.[/quote]

Deputy Speaker, Chandima Weerakkody:

[quote]Since she is kind, ask the question Honourable Member.[/quote]

Sajith Premadasa:

[quote]How can you say it is irrelevant even before I have asked the third question. Do you accept that the corrupt coal deal at the Norochcholai power plant caused you and the government to pass the burden onto the electricity consumers in the country?[/quote]

Pavithra Wanniarachchi:

[quote]I said it was a loss. Listen to the answer to your question very well. Steps are being taken to reclaim that loss from the relevant parties. Corruption and loss are two different concepts. Do not get it mixed up.[/quote]

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